PA Printer Strikes Up Perfection —Cagle

Bowler and Pressmen Tommy Gollick has bowled consecutive 300 games and set a national record for 47 straight strikes. (Photo by Dan Gleiter, The Patriot-News)

Underneath the uniform of every printer across this great land sits the big red Superman “S”, just waiting for mild-mannered second pressman Clark Kent to reap the opportunity to do something brave, heroic or unbelievable.

Well, we don’t recall Clark Kent ever bowling a perfect game, and we certainly doubt that he ever came close to rolling three masterpieces in a row. We know that for a fact, incidentally, because the new national record for the most consecutive strikes thrown is now held by, you guessed it, a printer. Step aside, Superman, and make way for Tommy Gollick, arguably the most prolific bowler in history.

Gollick is not a professional keggler, and this Swatara Township, PA, native won’t quit his day job as a printer for a nonprofit company. In fact, unlike Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak, Gollick’s streak came to an end when, well, he stopped bowling. After 47 straight strikes, which upended the previous record of 40 set in 1986, Gollick packed up his ball and went home.

In all, he threw a 279 during his first league game at Red Crown Bowling Center in Harrisburg, PA, on May 11, then rattled off a trio of successive perfect games and earned the official recognition from the United States Bowling Congress. Gollick told The Patriot-
News that he loosened up after racking up the second 300 game, in the process shattering the house record of 35 strikes.

But after Gollick’s fourth game was in the books, he was ready to go home and was unfazed by the thought of how many more strikes he might have been able to throw. The 32-year-old, who has bowled since the tender age of 5, will go back to bowling in anonymity now, never getting a shot at the big money earned by professionals, despite racking up an achievement that even the greatest of bowlers will never accomplish.